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New Welsh Music and Culture Funds Open For Applications

Two new funds to support Welsh music and culture have opened for applications, with deadlines coming up soon.

Published: 13 July 2022 | 4:35 PM Updated: 14 July 2022 | 12:38 PM
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Please let us know if you do any work in relation to these funds to tell us of your experience – good or bad - so we can provide feedback to Welsh Government. Image credit: Shutterstock.

Music Revenue Fund for labels and management businesses

The Music Revenue Fund (MRF) operated by Creative Wales aims to support release campaigns via music labels and management businesses, with up to £10,000 of funding per project and is open for applications until Friday 29 July.

The MRF is focused on the wide range of genres - such indie, pop, and punk - that Creative Wales describes as “commercial music”, rather than genres such as classical or jazz that are generally supported by the Arts Council of Wales. However, if you’d like to discuss that or any other issue in relation to a proposal then you should get in touch with Creative Wales via CreativeWalesFundingSupport@gov.wales.

Although this funding is for labels and management businesses it should ultimately support musicians in Wales, whether their work is being released or if they’re being booked as a session musician.

Creative Wales expect applications to take MU minimum rates into account when setting budgets and fees, and to use MU collective agreements and contracts where relevant, so that musicians working on funded projects are paid fairly. Members can always get in touch for advice, including formal legal advice via the Contract Advisory Service, in relation to this scheme or their other work.

Remember, the deadline for applications is Friday 29 July.

Further information and guidance is available on the Creative Wales website.

Anti-racist Wales Culture, Heritage and Sport Fund for organisations or individuals working with relevant organisations based in Wales

Welsh Government has also recently opened a new Anti-racist Wales Culture, Heritage and Sport Fund for applications, in support of the Anti-racist Wales Action Plan and with at least £1.75m of funding.

The Fund will support projects with community support that can deliver positive, sustainable change for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in Wales. Individuals and organisations can apply until 22 August, and further information, guidance, and the application form is available on the Welsh Government website.

Remember, the deadline for applications is Monday 22 August.

Further information on the fund for grassroots organisations (with £600,000 of ring-fenced funding over three years) and work being delivered by national sponsored bodies will follow later.

Feedback

Please get in touch if you do any work in relation to these funds to tell us of your experience – good or bad - so we can provide feedback to Welsh Government. You can get in touch via cardiff@themu.org or by phoning the Cardiff office on tel: 02920 456 585.

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